Hay Fever / Allergic Rhinitis

What Causes Allergic Rhinitis?

To successfully treat and prevent recurrence of allergic rhinitis we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.  We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow allergic rhinitis to develop?"

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Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind allergic rhinitis consists of three steps:

Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors

Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to allergic rhinitis.  Here are two possibilities:
  • Food Allergies
  • High Histamine

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
very strong sexual desire
high cigarette smoke sensitivity
allergies in family members
rapid pulse rate
excess saliva in mouth
moderate meal-induced pain
meal-induced pain for over a month
afternoon headaches
frequent episodes of diarrhea
eczema
phobias
heart racing/palpitations
... and more than 50 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of allergic rhinitis:
Cause Probability Status
Food Allergies 92% Confirm
High Histamine 74% Possible
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate suffering allergic/other reactions, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Do you suffer from hay fever / allergic rhinitis?
Possible responses:
→ Never had it / don't know
→ Probably had it/minor episode(s) now resolved
→ Major episode(s) now resolved
→ Current minor problem
→ Current major problem
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either history of hay fever or hay fever, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Allergy to Foods (Hidden)

The ear, nose, and throat are common target organs for food allergens.  Congestion or inflammation of the nose (rhinitis) may be due to airborne irritants and allergens, but food allergy may be an undiagnosed cause of this common problem.

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